(Closed) Photographer cost, how much are you paying?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We paid $3000 for 8 hours, the digital files (with 100 of the creatively edited) and 1 photograher, no assistant. That was for a slightly higher-end, well-known studio. I’m also a wedding photographer and I charge a few hundred less than that.

I’ve heard from other photographers that Dallas can be expensive for wedding photography.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@Styles:  :0 I am shocked at the prices of weddings in my area. I got $33,833. That is crazy. I plan on coming out well under $10,000. 

Photography & Video in my area averages are about $5,000. Obviously with a $10,000 budget there is no way I will pay that.

Post # 19
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It really depends on your area.  I shopped a lot and found a fantastic photographer I loved for $4200.  However, I was quoted up to $13,000 by one, and as low as $1500 by another.  You have to look at their experience, style, and skill over the pricing, really. 

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

$800 for two photographers for 6 hours, $150 to have rights to all high-res images. Additional charges to print albums, which we’ll decide on later. And we bought one more hour of time, just in case.

She’s totally professional and takes very nice photos, she’s just A) new and B) does this as a hobby on the weekends, so she charges less than the $3K i was getting from everyone else. I loved the photojournalism of the $3K photos, but I couldn’t justify it.

 

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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@jbridea:  Right! Amazing thats the average! Average for my area is $20,000-$25,000.

I hope to stay under $10,000 as well, I should Im eloping to Vegas and having a celebrate our marriage party later. Dessert & wine party with some apps thrown in. It wont start till after dinner time, no dinner will save tons. Im also hoping to find a pro photographer that will let me do my own post work and just charge me for their time to shoot, not to save money I just want to do my own photos. 😀 (im a wedding photographer)

 

Biggest thing to save for someone good is less coverage and skip extras. A good wedding photographer will help maximize the coverage you need, get the best bang for your buck so to speak. They can help work with your timeline, better to have 4-5 hours of someone great then 8 hours for someone not so great.

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I got a steal on a Minnesota transplant photographer who moved to Austin recently! Amazing work for under $2000/ all day with a boudoir and engagement.

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

hourly rate of 400 dollars – so 2400 for 6 hours

edit – oh and with that we get 40 edited photos an hour, and the rest unedited. but no prints or anything

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re paying $4,500 – I think we are receiving a great pacakage – it includes two photograhers for up to 12 hours and unlimited photos, an album for us, 2 parents albums, a DVD with all of the edited photos, a few prints and an engagement session

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Midland, TX

first time $900, second time around, I was smarter and found someone for $500…unlimited photos and CD’s loaded for photos for everyone…no prints

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re paying $3200 for 6 hours of coverage and rights to the photos. It also came with a $500 credit towards an engagement session. What was annoying was in order to get our photos from the session we had to pay $565 extra for the disc. Honestly, if our photog wasn’t the best in our area we wouldn’t be using them. We’re paying for a great product but terrible service 🙁

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am in KC and am paying $2999.  8 hours, two photographers, engagement session, 100 save the dates or thank you cards, secret boudoir session for the groom, all of the edited photos of both sessions on CD/DVD plus a handful of different sizes of prints. 🙂

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We paid $10,000 for photography total- that included an engagement shoot, bridal portraits, rehearsal dinner and wedding and full ownership to all the prints. I am also in a large city in Texas.

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Where I live is important.  I think the most expensive I was quoted was like $1300 (I think there was another a littl ebit higher than that but don’t remember the price). 

I found my photorapher by walking into his studio.  He does decent work.  I was not looking for fantastic phots.  I was even going to ask a family member to just use our canano slr and take pics but didn’t want to burden anyone.  I was just looking for a professional would wold take some decent pics for the day (I am not picky about pictures, as long as they look nice enough, I don’t care).  Price was just perfect: $220 for full coverage, 100 printed photos in a simple album and all the pictures on CD.  I am happy with that.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I got a package for 2 photogs, 8 hrs, engagement shoot, an album, and all the images on a drive. It’s $6000. This was her second to cheapest package, but this is one of the better wedding photogs in our wedding area (Not LA) Our videographer is a separate $7000, 2 people, 10 hrs, a short and a long edit, and blu-ray copies. We splurged on photo/video…it’s the second highest cost after our venue/food. We felt like it would ultimately make all the other expenses more worthwhile – having it all well captured…Still if we had the wedding in LA, this isn’t even half as expensive as it gets. (I’ve seen $13,000 for photos, and $11,000 for video).

I did tons of research and made lists of photographers by pricing “tiers”. Then I eliminated the top tier we couldnt afford. Then I had Fiance (who didnt know any of the prices) look at the online portfolios of all my fav photogs from the middle and low tiers and pick his favs. This helped me keep perspective rather than being swayed by names I’d started to get attached to because some cheaper photos shoot like more expensive ones and vice versa. This was our method of choosing the cheapest photog that met our standard.

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

$2000.

We shopped around a lot to find that, and I ruled out some photogs whose work I loved because they were too much money.  I love the work of the photog we went with though.

 

I recommend shopping around– keep researching.  As PPs have said, you might have better luck out of Dallas.

 

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